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Open Access at PFW

Open Access at Purdue Fort Wayne

Effective January 1, 2021, Purdue Libraries have secured new open access publishing partnerships with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Public Library of Science (PLOS) that extend to include the Fort Wayne campus. As stated in a February 22 press release from Purdue Libraries, PFW faculty “interested in publishing their scholarship in corresponding journals can choose to retain copyright and publish their articles as open access, immediately and without embargoes, at no cost to them.”

The new agreement with ACM covers both the subscription access to journals and publishing costs for Purdue, PFW, and Purdue Northwest authors who publish articles as open access in the ACM Digital Library.

Entered into with the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the agreement with PLOS is made possible through Purdue’s membership in the publisher’s Community Action Publishing program, with no additional author fees.

This new agreement happened as a result of collective bargaining through a partnership of the Center for Research Libraries, and NorthEast Research Libraries. Authors at Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, and Purdue Northeast are included in the agreement, which offers unlimited, no-fee publishing for Purdue corresponding authors in 12 PLOS journals: PLOS Biology, PLOS Climate, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water.

While PFW authors do not currently share in Purdue’s open access agreement with Cambridge University Press, Helmke Library will continue working to join in partnerships that increase opportunities and support for the open access scholarship of PFW faculty and students.